Week 8: Master Closet

Welcome to Week 8 of the Less Mess Challenge! This week we will be decluttering and organizing the master closet. Unlike some of the other weeks, this week focuses on a space that’s primarily for YOU. Do you look forward to walking into your closet and picking out something great to wear? If the answer is no, then do the best you can to change that this week!

It's week 8 of The Less Mess Challenge and we're cleaning, tidying, and organizing the Master Closet. Let's Go!
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Dressing and preparing for the day affects how we take it on. Do you want to start your day scrounging through piles of wrinkly clothes to find the pants you wanted to wear? And where’s that sweater you know you have but just can’t locate? Is it clean? Is it dirty? Who even knows?

A messy closet means a stressful start to your day.

Statistics show that Americans have hundreds of articles of clothing in their closets and only wear 18% of it. 18 PERCENT. That means, if you have 100 items in your closet (which is a very low estimate), you wear 18 of those things.

When you think about how often you do laundry and how many clothes you wear, it just makes little sense to have all those items taking up space and weighing on you.

Evaluating your Clothes

Look in your closet and think about your favorite 20 items. What do you like about them? How do they make you feel when you wear them? What style are they?

Master closet organization this week in the less mess challenge

Use these ideas for future shopping purchases—if new items you’re trying on in the store don’t fit your likes, your lifestyle, your style and don’t make you feel fantastic, LEAVE THEM AT THE STORE.

 And what about those clothes that don’t quite fit, but you’re hoping they will again someday? I think you can guess what I have to say about that… leaving them in your closet is like a box of failures. It’s not doing any good.

Accept yourself and your body size. If your body size changes again, love yourself and take yourself out shopping (for items that flatter you and make you feel great).

Organizing Your Clothes

I’ll jump in to the challenge tasks in a minute, but there are a few important concepts to keep in mind when you’re organizing your closet. First, you’ll want to categorize your clothes. Next, consider what you fold and what you hang. Finally, create zones within your closet for different types of clothing.

Categorizing Your Clothes

Odds are, you hang some clothes and fold some clothes. Although we worked on the bedroom last week and that’s *probably* where your dresser is, I’m still including some information and suggestions this week.

Folding vs Hanging

Items of clothing that are usually folded include:

  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Athletic clothing
  • Sweat pants and sweatshirts
  • Sweaters
  • Shorts
  • Camisoles

These articles of clothing are typically hung up:

  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Jeans
  • Jackets
  • Dresses

Whether you decide to fold items or hang them is up to you, and probably affected by your current storage solutions.

Closet Zones

When hanging clothes, I recommend hanging them by season (summer vs winter), formality (casual vs dress), and finally, by color (light to dark with a rainbow in between).

Why so much effort? Creating zones within your closet will help you find a specific article of clothing when you need it.

When you go into your closet looking for work clothes vs. looking for clothing to wear to a child’s basketball game, you can go right to the section of your closet where you keep that style of clothing and look at the options you see.

Matching Hangers

Do you need matching hangers to be organized? Of course not! But they provide a cleaner look in your closet by reducing visual clutter and keeping your clothes lined up evenly. Depending on the hangers you choose, you may even gain some extra hanging space.

Three popular types of hangers:

  1. Velvet Hangers – these are my favorite and what I use in my home. They’re slim, don’t leave marks on the shoulders of your shirt, and keep slippery items from sliding off.
  2. Wooden Hangers – I use these wooden hangers in my coat closet because most of my wardrobe is casual. If you’re hanging a lot of suit jackets or blazers, use these stronger wooden hangers.
  3. Plastic Hangers – These aren’t my first choice but if you’ve got a tight budget, they’re a good option. These tube hangers sometimes leave marks in the shoulders of shirts and boatneck styles may slide off them, but having a nice, cohesive set of hangers is still nice.

Now that you know what you want your closet and bedroom to feel like, let’s make it happen!

Ready for a bigger makeover? This post has all my favorite closet organizing products.

Less Mess Challenge: Master Closet

Only Have 30 Minutes? Quick Declutter

Remember, there are three levels to this challenge, so choose the one you feel you have time to accomplish.

If you’ve only got a half an hour…

  • If you’ve got piles of laundry anywhere (laundry room, bedroom, etc.), gather the clothing and put it back in your closet.
  • Tidy your closet by cleaning the floor, folding loose items, tidying piles, and straightening hangers.
  • Gather all the empty hangers in one spot.
  • Do a quick look through your clothing in your closet. Pull out anything you haven’t worn in a
  • while.
  • Remove any items from this space that do not belong.

If You Have an Hour: Declutter & Surface Clean

If you’ve got an hour do everything above, plus…

  • Look more thoroughly through your closet. Remove anything you don’t love or no longer fits, including shoes.
  • Sort the clothing you have left by weight and style.
  • Line everything up nicely and fix any piles of folded clothes.
  • Clear the closet floor as much as possible. Try to keep it clear.
  • Evaluate clutter. Is it caused by poor storage, too many items, or bad habits? Try to find a solution to this.
  • Vacuum the floor.

Organized Master Closet

If You Have an Hour: Declutter & Surface Clean

If you have a few hours, do everything above, plus…

  • Go through any other storage spaces (shelves, chests, etc.)
  • Empty each rack and shelf of your closet. Carefully consider each item. Try items on, if necessary.
  • Only keep what fits and what you love. Be ruthless.
  • If you have bins, empty them, wipe them out, and replace contents thoughtfully.
  • Make sure all shoes fit, are in good condition, and are still your style.
  • Clean all baseboards, light fixtures, switches, doors, and frames on walls.
  • Wash windows and curtains and dust window sills, if present.

Decluttering & Organizing Your Master Closet

Your closet should be a place where you find outfit inspiration, where you prepare for your day looking and feeling your best. Spend this week weeding out everything that doesn’t make you feel good. Honor the rest by giving it space and neat storage.

Your mornings are sure to go easier when your closet is neater.

Last Week: Master Bedroom

Next Week: Bathrooms

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